Howard Lederer, the elusive man behind the Full Tilt Poker site, recently gave an interview to reputed news site – PokerNews. In the scandal following the events of Black Friday, Lederer was indicted on charges of bank fraud and money laundering in regards to the player funds collected by the Full Tilt Poker site.
Lederer has been blamed for many of the problems that the Full Tilt Poker room faced and the player community took an intense dislike to him. Along with Chris Ferguson, Howard Lederer was bracketed as one of those primarily responsible for the downfall of Full Tilt Poker.
In the days following the closure of the Full Tilt Poker site, the player community had looked toward Howard Lederer to make a public statement giving out an update on the situation and reassure all the existing poker players at the Full Tilt Poker site that they would get their money back. However, this was not done and players like Chris Ferguson and Howard Lederer faded away into the black remaining silent all this while.
As a result one can expect that this interview which Howard Lederer has chosen to give PokerNews is something the whole community is waiting for. According to a report released by the PokerNews site,
The interview took place on the 46th floor of The Palazzo in Las Vegas on Saturday, Sept. 8 at 5 p.m., and over the course of the next eight hours, we shot just under seven hours of footage. We initially planned to release the interview a few days later, but it became evident that with such a large amount of footage, there was a lot of hard work left to do to serve the public and the poker community in a way that both accurately depicted what had transpired, but also what was easy to digest and understand. The PokerNews team and I reviewed the footage, and spent the past week editing and preparing for the release of what will ultimately be known as “The Lederer Files.”
The poker community expects to find out what happened behind the scenes as the online poker giant Full Tilt Poker slowly disintegrated. It is highly likely that Howard Lederer will emerge as the better man in comparison to Chris Ferguson simply because he has decided to talk first. It is also highly probable that the interview will contain a public apology.